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Health Department to pivot away from reporting active COVID-19 case numbers

TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department has announced that it will cease reporting active case numbers publicly every day, though it will still be tracking positive case numbers. The change will take effect on Jan. 31. Active case figures will still be available, just not as regularly. The health department will update its familiar […]

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Cornell Cinema launches Spring 2022 calendar

ITHACA, N.Y.—The Cornell Cinema has announced its screening calendar for the upcoming spring semester. Spring 2022 Events Release  Virtual offerings: Jan 26 – Feb 6  In-person offerings: Feb 7 – May 5  Guidelines for in-person screenings:   All patrons must adhere to Cornell’s public health requirements for events which include wearing high-quality (N95 or  equivalent) masks […]

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Ithaca’s student population lands at the center of the city’s redistricting conversation

TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Students from Cornell University and Ithaca College are estimated to make up around two thirds of Ithaca’s population when the semester is in session. The constituency fundamentally shapes the way representative districts are drawn in the city and even the county, and emerged as the central point of discussion at a […]

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COVID-19 test distribution scheduled for TCPL, elsewhere throughout Tompkins County

TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Health Department has announced its distribution of the previously announced 4,600 self-test kits provided by New York State. The health department said it intends these 4,600 tests to be prioritized for “those with limited access to store-bought test kits.” The list of organizations receiving tests: Town of Enfield Town of […]

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IHS teacher builds box fan filters to improve classroom air quality, fight COVID-19

ITHACA, N.Y.—Hallie Snowman, an Ithaca High School science teacher, has a mission: increase ventilation in classrooms to reduce the chance of COVID-19 spread, especially during this winter’s Omicron variant surge. Included in its reopening preparations, Ithaca City School District’s Board of Education allotted $300,000 for building remediations to repair deficient or outdated HVAC and air […]

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“I saw a flicker”: ICSD bus driver stops route to extinguish house fire on Cascadilla Street

ITHACA, N.Y.—Keith Whitaker was starting his normal route on Jan. 19, driving his Ithaca City School District bus to Groton to pick children up and get them to school in time for first period. Then he saw something unusual out of the corner of his eye as he was driving down North Meadow Street around […]

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Ithaca based installation artists awarded no-strings-attached $50,000 fellowship

ITHACA, N.Y.—Where remapping the distances between art and architecture takes place, there is Dream The Combine, the Ithaca-based creative practice of Cornell University professors Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers. “There are disciplinary boundaries that usually depend upon how someone else has been raised to think about whatever it is that you do,” said Carruthers. “So, […]

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First “sticker store” opens in Ithaca, bringing cannabis gifts and a relief drive with it

ITHACA, N.Y.—If you’re reading this, chances are that you’ve obtained or partaken in some marijuana in or around Ithaca. That’s okay to admit, it’s legal now. Even legal to the point that the first brick-and-mortar “sticker store” storefront, Good Vibes Exotics, has now opened on West State/Martin Luther King Jr. Street, located across from the […]

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24th Annual Chili Cook-Off delayed, scheduled for March

ITHACA, N.Y.—Downtown Ithaca has delayed this year’s Chili Cook-Off a month in light of Omicron cases throughout the community. The event is now scheduled for Saturday, March 5, and will include additional chili-tasting opportunities throughout the week leading up to the event weekend at participating local restaurants. Attending this year’s cook-off are Antlers Restaurants, a […]